Lord Mayor opens the new Central Library in the Ilac Centre on Dublin's Henry Street.

The Lord Mayor of Dublin Jim Tunney speaking at the opening outlined what the new library could do for education.

Anything that refers to education should have about it the excitement and the fantasy of a Disneyland

Dublin City Libraries will provide cultural and leisure services to the public at the new Central Library including the Business Information Centre, the Open Learning Centre, and the Music Library. Irish and foreign newspapers, journals, magazines, trade and telephone directories from around the world will be on offer to the public for free.

Replacing the former libraries in Capel and Bolton Street, the new library cost £1.5 million to equip. Noel Carroll of Dublin Corporation calls it a 'many faceted facility' as it will also incorporate a children's library, language centre, along with a video viewing room.

The state of the art library is housed on the upper floor of the Ilac shopping complex constructed in 1981.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 7 July 1986. The reporter is Michael Ronayne.